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The writings of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (RSRH) deeply resonate with many people today, as they have since the time he penned them in the middle of the nineteenth century, using them to recreate a community of modern, Torah-faithful Jews in Frankfurt that had all but disappeared. Many find that, ironically, his words seem more suited for our times than when he composed them. He stands almost alone among commentators in dealing with many themes of modernity: cultrual evolution; our relationships with non-Jews; the Jewish mission to the rest of civilization; freedom of the will versus determinism; autonomy and totalitarianism; understanding the impact of paganism on the ancient world. Of course, his treatment of symbolism.

Each week, we will present some thought of RSRH on the parshah. Most will be taken from his great commentary on the Torah. Recognizing that his language is often a barrier to students, we will take his thought and completely retool and reframe it. We hope that the kernel thought will be faithful to him, while the development will remain the responsibility of the author.

We hope that these offerings will prove to be an inspiring and enlightening weekly foray into the rich world of the contribution of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch.

If you'd like, you can see the list of all archived Rav Hirsch articles on the Parsha, or the index to all archived Torah Portion articles.




 

ARTICLES ON KI SISA AND PURIM:

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Sweet Smell of Success
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5762

Let The Cow Come And Clean Up The Mess Left By The Calf
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5766

Ceding Control
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5764

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Why to Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

Knowing Why and When To Say When
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

The Soul of Prayer
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5768

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Purim's Dark Hour
Rabbi Eliezer Ginzburg - 5765

Of Mice Traps and Men
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

Sanctifying Through The Physical
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5759

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Paying Our Debts
Shlomo Katz - 5772

Await the Dawn
Rabbi Label Lam - 5767

Shabbos: Not All or Nothing!
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5762

> When Giving is Taking
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5757

Spiritually-Independent
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5772

Behind the Purim Mask
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5768

Preparation for Happiness
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5769



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